It was announced this week that the £1m QE Engineering Prize had been won by four individuals who pioneered the creation of The American Global Positioning System (GPS). Below, we republish a 2011 report by Paul Kendall who was given rare and exclusive access to the United States Air Force unit that operates the satellite system At 23 years-old, Joshua Williams seems a little young to be in charge of the Global Positioning System. Three years ago, it was still illegal for him to buy a drink. Two years before that, he was back home in Virginia learning to drive. And yet today he’s responsible for a constellation of 35 satellites, each one of them worth upwards of £40million and vital for the safe passage of billions of people, in cars, ships and aeroplanes all over the world. Williams’s official title is payload system operator. It’s his job to monitor the signals from each of the satellites and a network of 16 tracking stations around the world and … [Read more...] about We’d be lost without them: meet the team that runs GPS for the world
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BEIJING, CHINA – Media OutReach – August 17, 2018 – September is an exciting time for AYANA Hotels as they launch the first and only 5-star resort on the island of Flores. Alongside the spectacular 205 bedroom resort, the group will set sail to the world’s largest specially built Phinisi, AYANA Lako di’a. Ayana Lako di’a The impressive 54–meter Phinisi hails a new standard in luxury travel. With 9 uber luxurious bedrooms — including a master suite with private deck, plus exquisite lounging and dining areas, guests can experience the wonders of the Komodo Islands from 1,100 square meters of premium space. And, if the introduction of AYANA’s first phinisi wasn’t exciting enough, the group will launch an additional fleet of water vessels. A glass bottom boat (Lako Taka), speedboat (Lako Cama), catamaran, and a bespoke, specially built 2nd phinisi (Lako Sa’e) will soon be on the seafaring scene for daily trips and … [Read more...] about Meet The Team Behind AYANA’s New Aqua Fleet
Welcome to the era of the deadly superbug. Antibiotic-resistant viruses like MRSA have been wreaking havoc for years now – threatening the world as we know it. It’s predicted that the number of deaths linked to antimicrobial resistance will shoot up to 10m by 2050, from around 700,000 deaths now. This resistance looks set to overtake cancer as being the primary cause of death in the world. Worryingly, a significant proportion of infections are acquired from hospitals. In the US, one in 25 patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI) at any given time. And according to a 2014 study, of the 722,000 HAIs reported in US hospitals in one year, 75,000 patients died. Read more: Don’t let Home Office bureaucracy block overseas doctors from the NHS Preventative measures that can ward off these deadly diseases are crucial – especially given that one of the biggest causes of cross-transmission in hospitals stems from hand hygiene (or lack thereof). But … [Read more...] about The gloves are on: Meet the man who has developed a bug-killing molecule that could save lives
Photo: Group for Relativity and Gravitation, University of the Balearic Islands. A Spanish team was involved in the major breakthrough announced this week that confirmed Albert Einstein's theories from 100 years ago in a way not even he thought was possible. Professor Alicia Sintes had just finished teaching a class at the University of the Balearic Islands on September 14th and was heading to lunch when she started getting urgent messages. The international physics project she had been working with for more than a decade had detected something unusual through instruments in the United States. Soon she was getting a "tsunami of emails" alerting researchers about the detection. "I was like 'what the hell is going on'," Sintes told The Local over the phone from her office in Palma de Mallorca. From that point on, researchers around the world, including in Sintes' group, worked tirelessly to analyze data and understand what the instruments had found. It was officially announced … [Read more...] about Meet the Spanish team that helped prove Einstein’s theory
Scientists say they know how the universe will end. It won't be a cosmic collapse but rather a giant cosmic bubble that devours everything in its path. According to a recent paper, published on March 12 in the journal Physical Review D, the final moment for the universe will be triggered by a bizarre consequence of subatomic physics called an instanton. This instanton will create a tiny bubble that will expand at the speed of light, swallowing everything in its path. It's only a matter of time. [Top 10 Ways to Destroy Earth] "At some point you will create one of these bubbles," study lead author Anders Andreassen, a physicist at Harvard University, told Live Science. "It will be very unpleasant." By "unpleasant," he means the end to all life — and, indeed, chemistry — as we know it. Very little is known about instantons, which are the solutions to equations governing the motion of tiny subatomic particles, but Andreassen loosely compared them to the phenomenon of … [Read more...] about Meet the Bubble That Will Destroy the Universe. Maybe.